• "Halvdan was here" A Viking soldier who
carved his name onto a marble slab in
Hagia Sophia in the 9th century A.D
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    • Would've rather the Vikings had taken Hagia Sophia than the Turks
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    • We will remember you Halvdan. Your memory is safe with us.
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    • Reminder that the Haigia Sophia was in constantinople and that Vikings on at least one occasion traveled by longship through rivers across Russia to sack the city.
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    • Did they go to the bathroom there
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    • Reminder that the Hagia Sophia is in Istanbul (Constantinople)
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    • Vikings, known as Varangians, controlled a trade route between Constantinople and the Black Sea. They initiated several wars against Constantinople called the Rus-Byzantine wars which led to a series of treaties. Eventually some became part of the Varangian Guard in Byzantium.
      noondeer 25 jul
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    • Xylon 25 jul
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    • How tf did the vikings get all the way to Constantinople. If anyone knows plz let me know, I like to learn new things.
      Karabiner 25 jul
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    • The Hagia Sophia has officially (as of last week) been turned back into a mosque. This has sparked outrage from Greece. Also Azerbaijan and Armenia are fighting again. World events are alarming.
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    • PhiII 25 jul
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    • Hey Agora you stupid fucker you got featured. Lol bootlicker
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    • It's like kilroy but nordic
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    • Hagia sophia? Wasnt that constantinople?
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    • The vikings made it all the way to Constantinople? Goddamn 😳
      _Yuri_ 25 jul
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    • Vikings were in Constantinople? Cool.
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    • Half Dan, full man.
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    • Shout out to my boy halvdan
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    • What about WholeDan? Is he okay? Is he alright?
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    • Chad Viking
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    • Hagia Sophia? Wouldn't that have been a Norman then, not a full on viking?
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    • Should’ve carved his dick imprint on there as well
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    • “Touch summon sign”
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    • Vikings inscribed their runes (letters) on everything. Archaeologists uncovered a comb that had the word "comb" carved in it, lol. They also used flat rocks like post it notes, writing reminders and notes on them.
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    • Sweet, learned a new shout
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    • The real OG
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    • Halvdan sounds nice unlike goddamn lars.
      Javii 25 jul
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    • Legit how middleschool bathrooms are now
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    • are you sure that isn’t a new shout for my collection?
      Aeraetion 25 jul
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    • Damn that's a long way's from Scandinavia
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    • Graffiti existed all the way back then
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    • Probably going to get deleted now that it is a mosque only
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    • You go Halvdan
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    • Ye olde vandalism.
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    • "So was Rolf"
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    • It's Halfdan, not halvdan.
      DefB 25 jul
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    • Hahaha crazy Halvdan.
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    • Halvdan son of Ragnar
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    • thats where it all started
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    • Justinian was the best Roman Empire prove me wrong
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    • Then he carved a penis.
      boogbitch 25 jul
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    • Man his handwriting is shit
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    • Don’t worry he lived
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    • Lmao, imagine spending your entire life trying to discover what some symbols mean, wandering the Earth, reading ancient books, only for it to be translated to, "First"
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    • Haha classic Halvdan
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    • Good ol' Halvdan
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    • The Turks are, quite genuinely, the most infuriating group of people to ever exist. Even in the modern world, where conquering and annexing has died down, they REFUSE to leave Greece alone, they REFUSE to stop harassing their own demographics, and they REFUSE to be courteous in politics.
      Loerie 28 jul
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    • Remember 1453
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    • The show Vikings had a nice little reference to this in their 4th or 5th season
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    • “Vikings weren’t civilized” -some limey who hasn’t bathed ever
      Notebook 25 jul
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    • That halvandussy got me actin up
      BirdHub 25 jul
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    • Oh gotta love the vagarian guard always greeting up to all sorts of mischief
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    • Hagia Sophia? Wtf, I was just there hours ago in AC Revelations
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    • Rest in power Halvdan
      Warlord 28 jul
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    • That’s my ancestor, Hans Fuckbeard
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    • i wonder if he ever could have imagined he’d become a meme a thousand years later
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    • New Shout: Frost Breath
      GamerAU 28 jul
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    • Dam I thought I was gonna learn a new shout
      _skin_ 28 jul
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    • This is Olaf,...
      Nyyoom 28 jul
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    • Priests in Hagia Sofia: “Halvdan is with us!”
      Proc 27 jul
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    • Bro just walk up to it and learn the Unrelenting Shout
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    • Good to know his message was and will be seen by like at least 3 people
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    • If Halvdan was there, where was Fulldan?
      asshat357 27 jul
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    • I was expecting Kilroy was here comments, but everyone in this comment section is a god damn historian
      ieatass 27 jul
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    • What a weird looking name
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    • I bet it was in the bathroom
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    • Halvdan ; well, I'm standing by this wall and happened to have a hammer and chisel...what else can I do?
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    • Halvdan the black?
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    • Sounds like the employee at Marble store just trying to cover his ass for scratching the product
      MattHarb 27 jul
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    • Probably that gay ass new assassins creed nigga
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    • I’d be cool if this was referenced in the next Vinland Saga volume
      BGodfrey 27 jul
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    • For all those bitching about Hagia Sophia. Remember all the Muslim relics that were left untouched by the Spaniards and Italians? Oh that's right they didn't fucking leave any. They ethnically cleansed, forced conversions and destroyed everything to pretend the Muslims never had a presence in Europe
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    • Damn looks like someone's gonna learn a new shout
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    • Pretty sure that’s dragon for frost breath
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    • Wow what crappy hand writing
      xTylerx 27 jul
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    • Word of power learned
      pelicash 27 jul
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    • That's only a thousand years. Nothing special
      Somdlomd 27 jul
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    • Shit handwriting
      BreadMilk 27 jul
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    • Where's the other half of Dan?
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    • Is it just me or does that look like words of power from elder scrolls?
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    • Partially true, the only text they find legible is Halvdan, the rest remains ineligible
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    • Looks more like a prison tat.
      engmaj 27 jul
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    • We need to find the other halvdan so we can have a fuldan
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    • 0 dragons souls thoe.....
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    • Halvdan's got some shitting handwriting.
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    • Was Kilroy with him?
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    • I know a fucking word wall when I see one
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    • AVE EUROPA!
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    • Boutta learn a new thuum
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    • It says pee pee poo poo
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    • Works in every generation
      mhillyer 26 jul
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    • Who could possibly translate that
      mindhacks 26 jul
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    • BROOKS WAS HERE
      SenseiOG 26 jul
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    • Varangian guard?
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    • Was this in a bathroom stall?
      jakepo 26 jul
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    • Oo history lesson time: The Byzantine Emporers didn’t want a personal guard from their own empire in fear of politics influencing their actions so they hired foreigners (mainly Norsemen, Western Christians, and some Muslims) and they made up the Varangian Guard. Halvdan was probably a Varangian.
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    • May you find a warrior’s rest in Valhalla Halvdan
      FancyGent 26 jul
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    • Reminder that the Hagia Sophia which has stood the tests of time over 1000 years, conquered multiple times and survived many wars, and instead of being a monument it is now its becoming a mosque again. And if you forget, only Muslims are allowed to enter Muslim holy sites.
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    • I used to be able to read Runes, ty college professor, sorry I never really used it though
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